Alejandro De Aza's stint in the Dominican Winter League didn't go to well, as the likely starting left fielder for the White Sox hit just .198 with a .313 on-base percentage and .306 slugging percentage in 128 plate appearances.
He walked 17 times (13 percent) while striking out in 28 of his trips to the plate (22 percent) -- rates that are up, but within about three percent, from his 154 plate appearances with the White Sox last season.
De Aza probably saw a pretty normal regression in the DWL -- the good news is that his plate discipline numbers weren't totally out of whack from his time with the Sox in 2011. Maybe the even better news is that he got this initial regression out of the way while not playing for the White Sox.
His low slugging percentage is a little concerning, but just as we shouldn't take De Aza's great 154 plate appearances last season as the gospel, we shouldn't with 128 plate appearances in the DWL.
The White Sox take on the Detroit Tigers in a doubleheader today, and you can catch all the action on CSN and live streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.
Coverage for Game 1 begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 3:30 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.
Game 1 starting pitching matchup: Mike Pelfrey (1-4, 4.85 ERA) vs. Matthew Boyd (2-4, 5.36 ERA)
Game 2 starting pitching matchup: Tyler Danish (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Buck Farmer (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
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Lucas Giolito threw a seven-inning no-hitter in Game 1 of Thursday's Charlotte Knights doubleheader.
The White Sox top pitching prospect recorded three strikeouts and issued three walks in a 4-0 win.
The Knights' Twitter account posted a video of the final out:
Perhaps the best part? It was against the Syracuse Chiefs, the Washington Nationals' minor league team.
The Nationals selected Giolito with the 16th pick in the 2012 MLB Draft. Last offseason, the 22-year-old was traded to the White Sox — along with Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning — as a key component in exchange for Adam Eaton.
The last Knights pitcher to throw a no-hitter was Andre Rienzo on July 25, 2013 against the Indianapolis Indians, which also came in the first game of a doubleheader.